City of Paris approves MVRDV’s restructuring of 1970s superblock in Montparnasse
The City of Paris has given the green light to MVRDV’s ambitious plan for the restructuring of the mixed-use urban block Vandamme Nord at Gaîté-Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. The large building complex, built in the 1970s, comprises a shopping centre, offices, a public library, a hotel and an underground car park, all of which will be retrofitted so as to reintroduce the human scale to an urban environment largely characterized by wide boulevards and monolithic structures. In addition to the face-lift provided by a new facade, the accessibility and programmatic identity of each of these programs will be improved through a total internal reorganisation of the complex. The building’s restructuring also foresees extending the existing commercial spaces, creating new office space, a new kindergarden, an expanded library, a conference centre, as well as a number of social housing units.
MVRDV Jobs: Dutch Speaking Projectondersteuner
De projectondersteuner is gericht op administratieve (secretariële, financiële en planning) ondersteuning van de projectmanagers en de directie. Hij/zij plant complexe afspraken, levert gegevens aan ten behoeve van de monitoring van projecten en werkt documenten en overzichten uit.More info
Prime Minister Rutte visits Markthal
The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte visited the Markthal yesterday, where Michaël van Straaten, chairman of MKB Nederland, presented to him the growth agenda of medium- and small sized businesses.More info
Markthal wins the World Architecture News (WAN) Mixed-Use Award 2014
Markthal has been selected as the winner of the World Architecture News (WAN) Mixed-Use Award 2014 in the Completed Projects sub-category. The mixed-use award celebrates buildings which are an 'effective and original mix' of two or more functions.
Video: Winy Maas discusses what makes a successful city region
A video is now available of a lecture Winy Maas recently gave in Scotland on the theme of What Makes a Successful City Region'. The session also featured a panel discussion and was chaired by Kevin Murray, chairman of the Scottish Planning Skills Forum. Winy discussed how ideas which initially seem speculative, provocative and visionary, can become reality over time (e.g. solar mountains; hotels at 4000m; limitations on settlement fringe envelopes). In a further scaling up of ‘what makes a successful city region’ Winy spoke of the importance of Agenda Making and linking to wider ideals such as sustainability and placemaking.More info
MVRDV wins tower competition in Vienna, Austria: Turm mit Taille
Development Corporation BAI have announced MVRDV as the winner of their competition for a spatially-flexible tower near the world famous Gasometers in Vienna. The tower combines numerous higher floors designed to maximize space and a number of lower floors designed to minimize effect of the building’s shadow cast onto the buildings around it. The 110 meter tower will offer 35.680m2 of flexible space which can accommodate both offices and housing, as well as retail spaces, restaurants, cafes and parking, with construction envisioned to start in 2016.More info
Jamie Oliver to open the first 'Jamie’s Italian’ in the Netherlands in Markthal
The famous British TV chef and cookbook author Jamie Oliver will open this fall an Italian restaurant in the Market Hall in Rotterdam.
Nathalie de Vries becomes A member of the Supervisory Board of the Groninger Museum
The Groninger Museum welcomes the advent of Nathalie de Vries (Appingedam, 1965) to the Supervisory Board and Board member of the Stichting Kunstbezit en Oudheden (Foundation for Art and Antiquities).More info
Winy Maas and Hans Schröder win Rotterdam’s Marketing Award 2014 for Markthal Rotterdam
The City of Rotterdam and Rotterdam Partners granted this year’s Marketing Award Rotterdam to Winy Maas and Project Developer Hans Schröder of Provast for their role in creating the ‘new icon of Rotterdam: Markthal’. The award is presented annually by Mayor Aboutaleb to people who have contributed to the reputation of the city in an essential way.
MVRDV presents the Vertical Village at the 10th Shanghai Biennale IN XIANTIANDI AND PUDONG
MVRDV’s installation of the Vertical Village now travels to yet another city in which the urban fabric is rapidly changing, proposing an alternative model to common development practices. Having already been displayed in Taipei and Seoul, Shanghai is the third location in Asia that this village-inspired model has been put on display. Today, the Vertical Village installation, a collaboration between MVRDV, the Why Factory and the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture in Taipei, opened at the 10th Shanghai Biennale. It forms part of the city pavilion in Xintiandi, the theme of which is the “Spectacle of the City”, and will be on display until March 8th, 2015.
Markthal and Glass Farm nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015
Markthal and Glass Farm have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have selected 420 projects to compete, over 36 countries.More info
MVRDV shortlisted for the urban feasibility study for Oslo’s new government quarter
MVRDV has been shortlisted as one of six teams for the urban feasibility study for Oslo’s new government quarter. The project area includes the site affected by the 2011 bomb attacks.More info
Pushed Slab in Paris opens today
ICADE Promotion Tertiaire and MVRDV have completed the Pushed Slab office building at ZAC Gare de Rungis in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The seven storey building with a surface of 19,000 m² is the first realisation of Paris’ first eco-quarter with a low energy consumption and an energy production of appr. 90 MW/year. The building has been acquired by Banque Populaire Rives de Paris.
Glass Farm wins Netherlands Glass Award
The Glass Farm in Schijndel has won the biannual Glass Award, granted by the Dutch Glas Branche Organisatie (GBO). The building, designed by MVRDV, was executed by Brakel Atmos with the glass of AGC Flat Glass Netherlands.More info
Construction of the Hongqiao Central Business District Continues in Shanghai
Since the construction started in April 2013, the Hongqiao Central Business District in Shanghai, China is well under way. The project’s completion is planned in 2015.